Fruitsicles- Healthy Summer Treats!

Looking for a healthier alternative?

Popsicles and other frozen treats can be loaded with tons of added sugar. Try fruitsicles, which you can easily make with your toddler or preschooler.

What’s a fruitsicle?? 

 

Fruit + popsicle = fruitsicle

 

But, a fruitsicle is ONLY fruit. No added sugar or sweeteners or fancy food coloring, so it’s healthier than a traditional popsicle, making it the perfect summer treat. And, that’s what makes it PERFECT for babies, toddlers, preschoolers, and kids!

Add in the fact that fruitsicles are easy to make at home with our little ones and we have even MORE of a reason to bust out the blender. Plus, they’re a cool, tasty treat for a hot summer day.  Let’s get started! 

How to make fruitsicles with kids. Get your toddler or preschooler to help you make healthy and cool treats this summer! Easy to do and no sugar added. :) An easy wat to get toddlers and preschoolers involved and helping in the kitchen to begin cooking with children.

Supplies:

  • Blender (or food processor)
  • Popsicle molds or small dixie cups and popsicle/craft sticks
  • Fruit

 

Recipes

Straw-Orange-Nana

  • 1 banana
  • 1 cup strawberries
  • 1 cup grapes
  • 1 orange

 

Orange Plus

  • 1 apple
  • 1 cup grapes
  • 2 oranges

 

Pine-Kiwi-Nana

  • 1 cup pineapple
  • 2-3 kiwis
  • 1 banana

 

Directions:

Prepare the fruit (wash, cut, remove stems, etc). Add to the blender. Blend until it’s a nice puree. Pour into popsicle molds or dixie cups. Freeze until frozen. Enjoy!

 

Our little ones can learn a lot from helping us in the kitchen! They learn how things are done, why they’re done, get practice following directions, and get to help implement the steps in a process (like following a recipe).

How to have the kids help:

  • Rinse the fruit.
  • Take the grapes off of the grapevine/destem the grapes.
  • Measure the fruit. Hint: it doesn’t need to be exact! You could even tell them that you need 10 strawberries and 12 grapes and have them count the fruit for you as they put it in the blender.
  • Peel the orange.
  • Take apart the orange slices and put in the blender (they don’t need to be taken apart, but it’s great fine motor skills practice for toddlers and preschoolers).
  • Push the buttons on the blender.
  • Hold the molds/cups as you pour the pureed fruit in.

 

Note: any combination of fruit that your child likes is a great combination to try for fruitsicles. The possibilities are endless! You could even try mixing in some vegetables… If you use fruits that aren’t as liquidy as grapes and oranges, you might need to add some liquid, so have some juice nearby (or water), just in case. 

 

Still introducing solids to your baby?

Blend one fruit at a time (or two, if you have other fruits that you know your baby can have) and follow the directions above, using only one type of fruit. Both of my kids LOVED plum fruitsicles when they were babies- bitter plum skin and all!

 

Fruitsicles the healthy summer treat for toddlers and preschoolers. A great way to get 2-3 year olds involved in the kitchen and begin cooking with children. A Montessori inspired activity for toddlers and preschoolers from Lessons and Learning for Littles

 

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I'm the mom of two little ones (3yo and 1.5yo), and 3 dogs. I'm a former classroom teacher turned SAHM, so I spend my day "doing activities" and science 'speriments in between mediating sibling squabbles and working during nap time. I'm powered by caffeine (not coffee!), and I love helping others, especially fellow mom and their toddlers. Together, we can achieve great things AND prepare your toddler for kindergarten!
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